Na-Cho Nyak Dun win court challenge against proposed Metallic Minerals quartz mine on their territory in the Yukon

Photo: “A group of demonstrators, comprised of First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun (FNNND) citizens and allies, rally outside the Yukon Territorial Court ahead of the hearing [in November 2023] for the Yukon government’s appeal of a decision earlier this year to reverse approval of mine exploration work on the Read more…

PBI-Mexico amplifies RSDH call for the release of Indigenous Ocumicho environmental defender María de la Cruz

PBI-Mexico has posted: “From PBI we express our concern about the arbitrary detention of the environmental defender María de la Cruz, Councillor of the Ocumicho Communal Council and delegate of the CNI [National Indigenous Congress]. We call on the competent authorities to guarantee their comprehensive protection.” This follows the Human Read more…

Will COP16 in Colombia strengthen Target 22 and spark text at COP30 in Brazil to protect environmental defenders?

The United Nations COP16 Biodiversity conference will take place this coming October 21 to November 1 in Cali, Colombia. Shortly afterwards, the UN COP29 Climate conference will take place November 11-22 in Baku, Azerbaijan. A year after that, COP30 will take place November 10-21, 2025, in Belém, Brazil. Global Witness Read more…

Obsidian Energy seeks arrest of Woodland Cree Nation Chief and removal of blockade of oil company drill site

Photo by Brandi Morin: “RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] liaison officers were at the traditional camp set up by the Woodland Cree Nation at an Obsidian Energy oil & gas lease road earlier today [May 11].” We have been following the social media posts and now this article in IndigiNews Read more…

BHRRC: “630 instances of attacks against people raising concerns about business-related harms” in 2023

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) has released its report titled: People power under pressure: Human rights defenders & business in 2023. A key finding of the report is: “Between January 2015 and December 2023, the Resource Centre documented over 5,300 attacks globally against HRDs challenging corporate harm. Read more…

PBI-Honduras observes COPINH sit-in following conviction of three in the ‘Fraud on Gualcarque’ case

PBI-Honduras has posted: “The Corruption Sentencing Court has just convicted 3 of the 6 former public officials accused in the ‘Fraud on Gualcarque’ case. We are observing the @COPINHHONDURAS [Civic Council of Grassroots and Indigenous Organizations in Honduras] sit-in, which requested a conviction for the 6 accused people.” COPINH adds Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies the trial of General Benedicto Lucas accused of genocide against the Maya Ixil people

Photo by PBI-Guatemala. PBI-Guatemala is accompanying the trial of General Manuel Benedicto Lucas Garcia who is accused of committing genocide against the Maya Ixil people between August 1981 and March 1982 during the Internal Armed Conflict. He stands accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, forced disappearances and sexual violence. Now Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies women’s group from Chinautla supporting Poqomam leader Armando Vazquez

On April 23, PBI-Guatemala posted: “PBI accompanies this morning to the women’s group from Chinautla, which accompanies the family of the defender Armando Vazquez whose son was killed last Thursday and while the other son survived the attack and is injured in the hospital. To local and national authorities, we Read more…

ALERT: 16-year-old son of Maya-Poqomam leader opposed to sand extraction in Chinautla, Guatemala killed by gunmen

Prensa Comunitaria photo: “Poqomam people of Chinautla say goodbye to Enilson Vásquez Chacón … who was murdered during an attack against his father on Thursday, April 18.” The Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project has posted on Facebook: “We share our ALERT about the murder of Denilson Alberto Vázquez Chacón and attempted Read more…

Da’naxda’xw-Awaetlala land defender Rainbow Eyes sentenced to 60 days in jail

Photo: Rainbow Eyes outside the Nanaimo courthouse with supporters just prior to sentencing on April 24. Photo by Jordan Davidson/Nanaimo News NOW. Da’naxda’xw-Awaetlala land defender Angela Davidson, also known as Rainbow Eyes, was sentenced this week to 60 days in jail for her participation in the peaceful blockades against Teal Read more…